Laurel County, Kentucky
Genealogy and Facts

Laurel County was established on December 21, 1825 from Whitley County, Clay County, Knox County and Rockcastle County. Currently the county was named for the Mountain laurel trees that are prominent in the area.

Currently the Laurel County Seat is situated in London additionally, the county government website is www.londonlaurelchamber.com

Locations adjacent to Laurel County happen to be Jackson County (northeast), Clay County (east), Knox County (southeast), Whitley County (south), McCreary County (southwest), Pulaski County (west), Rockcastle County (northwest).

Cities and towns to be found in Laurel County comprise of East Bernstadt, London, North Corbin.

Laurel County vital records can be found at the Kentucky Department of Health (VDH) Office of Vital Records which has copies for of birth & deathe certificates (1911 - present), marriage licenses & divorce decrees (since June 1958). There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Kentucky for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Laurel County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for Birth CertificateMarriage / Divorce Certificate or Death Certificates to mail.

Laurel County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in researching your family tree. Government Population Schedules are present for 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Laurel Co. Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1850 & 1860. Laurel Co. Mortality Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Laurel Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Laurel Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890. One can find free down loadable and also printable census forms that can help with your research.

Laurel County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Laurel County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Laurel County Courthouse and Government Records

Genealogist frequently fail to notice the advantages of Laurel County court, probate, and land files as a useful resource of genealogical information and facts. Buried away in Kentucky courthouses and archives just about everywhere tend to be the dreams and frustrations of the many Kentucky citizens.

The odds are great that your chosen ancestors have left a detailed record of at least a number of facets of their lives in the Laurel County court records. Even if your forefathers is not brought up in a Court case, take into consideration all of the other methods which may have lead to her or him to appear in court records.

Please make sure to speak to the clerk's dept to affirm hours, mailing address, fees and other particulars in advance of visiting or inquiring about information because of sometimes changing contact information. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The files are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. A lot of staff will help people in locating the materials, however it is up to the individual to do the researching.

The following facts indicates what death, marriage, birth, land, probate, and legal records are located in Laurel county.  The dates indicated below are the first known records for each county. A courthouse fire occurred on 9 Dec 1958.

  • Laureld County Clerk has three main responsibilities. One is the recording of Land records (the most common documents recorded are deeds, mortgage releases, entries, warrants, surveys, mortgages, assignments, and indexes), Probate records (may include such documents as wills, estates, letters of administration, administrators, executors, probate journals, probate packets, inventories, settlements, sales, accounts, guardianship, orphans, insolvent estates, bastardy, apprentices, insanity and adoptions) and Marriage Liscenses
    • Address: 101 South Main St., London, KY, 40741
    • Phone: (606) 864-7369
    • Marriage Records: 1826 
    • Land Records: 1826
    • Probate Records: 1817
  • Laurel County Clerk of the Circuit Court has countywide jurisdiction over major civil and criminal cases, divorces, and appeals from inferior courts.
    • Address: Laurel County Judicial Center, 305 S. Main St., P.O. Box 1798, London, KY 40743-1798
    • Phone: (606) 330-2079
    • Court Records: 1826
  • Laurel County Tax Information and Contacts. Some early tax schedules list watercourse, value and acreage of real estate, men over age twenty-one, young men between the ages of sixteen and twenty-one, slaves, and horses.
  • Laurel County Elected Officials (ky.gov)

Laurel County Links

The following are links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Laurel County. These genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Professional Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a payment. This is basically a collection that has been gathered or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site over another. Feel free to submit your own preferred Laurel County genealogy or family history associated sites.

Laurel Co. KY Books, Newspapers & Publications

Laurel Co. KY Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Laurel Co. KY Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Laurel Co. KY Census Records

Laurel Co. KY Cemeteries & Graveyards

Laurel Co. KY Church & Bible Records

Laurel Co. KY Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Laurel Co. KY General and History Websites

Laurel Co. KY Immigration & Naturalization

Laurel Co. KY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Laurel Co. KY Military Records

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